Author’s airborne attacker apologetic

Pax Arcana

snoopy_flying_ace.gifYou may have known that Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of The Little Prince and a host of other books, was killed in a dogfight during World War II. But no one likes a know-it-all, so just keep it to yourself Poindexter.

Anyway, the guy who shot down the famous author was tracked down recently by a writer researching the life of Saint-Exupery. Horst Rippert, 88, says he didn’t realize he had killed the author, and that he would have held fire had he known who was piloting the other plane:

“I loved his books. I knew he was a French pilot, but he was probably my favourite author at the time. I am shocked and sorry,” the ex-Luftwaffe pilot said yesterday. “Who knows what other great books he would have gone on to write?”

Strange as it may sound, I can sympathize with Rippert — I once unloaded a savage beating on Judy Blume at an Olive Garden salad bar. I’m not saying she deserved it, but what kind of person puts the thousand island ladle in the bucket of bleu cheese dressing? Judy Blume ruins fucking everything.

How a German wartime flying ace discovered he shot down his hero [Daily Mail]


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